March 7, 2008

Volume 27, Number 27

ON THE COVER:
news

ELECTION 2008

Election Notes

Tax Assessor: Spears Pounds Maxey

Bitter race ends in landslide

BY LEE NICHOLS

HD 46: Dukes Routs Thompson

Dawnna Dukes closes out a volatile contest

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

D.A. Race: Final Verdict Pending

BY JORDAN SMITH

Here Come the Judges

BY JORDAN SMITH

CD 10: Doherty Over Grant

BY WELLS DUNBAR

March 4 Election Results

Oh Boy! Another Campaign Season!

City of Austin, AISD, and ACC poised for another round of elections

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Panel Upholds Olsen Firing, but Case Doesn't End Here

APD officer loses first round of appeal challenging his firing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Developing Stories

City off to promising start with Seaholm East Redevelopment District

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

Convicted drug felons slated for early release this week under new crack-cocaine guidelines

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Democracy Rocks!

On this day, change happened from the bottom up

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Gentlemen's agreements, single-member districts, and more

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

How to Get Young People Involved in Politics; and Monsanto Seeks to Ban the Truth

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pub Grub

A guide to some of the best food-serving bars in town

Food-o-File

Threadgill's new Old No. 1 almost done, keep Las Manitas on you food to-do list, and take advantage of Austin's Downtown wine bars

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 7-12

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen

A great wine guide, good eats, Reed Clemons hits West Lake
music

If You Have Ghosts

The 2007-08 AMA's ghosts – past, present, and future

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Wednesday SXSW Picks & Sleepers

Handicapping the first night of SXSW 08

Off the Record

The countdown to South by Southwest continues, while the Black Angels turn on and Ghostland Observatory marches onward and upward

BY AUSTIN POWELL

SXSW Platters

The Judy's

Washarama, Moo

We Were the States

Believe the Thieves

Malcolm Holcombe

Gamblin' House

Jeffrey Lewis

12 Crass Songs

Lightspeed Champion

Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

Tiger! Tiger!

The Kind of Goodnight

Faceless Werewolves

Pardon Me, Are Those Your Claws in My Back?

Tour:Smart and Break the Band

Martin Atkins

Sons & Daughters

This Gift

Roky Erickson & the Explosives

Halloween: Live 1979-1981

Elf Power

In a Cave

Shootin' Pains

Pray Like Crazy

The Kills

Midnight Boom

Balmorhea

Rivers Arms

Saul Williams

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust

Dan Dyer

Dan Dyer

Lemonheads

It's a Shame About Ray Collector's Edition
screens

Big Hair, Big Stars, and a Mechanical Bull

Previewing the 2008 Texas Film Hall of Fame

BY MELANIE HAUPT

SXSW FILM

Something to Talk About

Previewing SXSW Film 08

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

All-Around Gal

Mumblecore baby Greta Gerwig acts, writes, directs, enunciates properly

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Nathan and David and 'Goliath'

After years of making shorts, the Zellner Brothers go big

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Outsider Art

Music on the margins

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Ministering to the Dead

A death row chaplain has a change of heart in At the Death House Door

BY CLAY SMITH

Private Parts in Public Places

Bob Byington lifts the lid on Registered Sex Offender

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Boom and Bust in a Single-Stoplight Town

Crawford and the commander in chief

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Greenlight Awards Premiere at SXSW

Celebrating digital TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

No Telling What's What or Who's Who

Confronting, and confounding, the color line in The Order of Myths

BY MARC SAVLOV

Making More Than Ends Meet

Chasing the middle class dream in Intimidad

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Birds of America

Austin transplant Alex Karpovsky blends fact and fiction in his funny, heady tracking of the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker

BY TODDY BURTON

It's a Dog's Life

The Toe Tactic's existential angst and animated canines

BY YVONNE GEORGINA PUIG

Truth or Vérité?

Celia Maysles looks her father's legacy head-on in Wild Blue Yonder

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Black Like Me ... and Me ... and Me

Elvis Mitchell discusses why there's no one African-American experience

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Frisco Bay Blues

It's a thin line between love and hate for San Francisco in Barry Jenkins' 'Medicine for Melancholy'

BY SOFIA RESNICK

The Streets of Philadelphia

Divorce pains framed against the backdrop of 'The New Year Parade'

BY RAYMOND BLANTON

The Coast of Utopia

Two frustrated actors write a script, make it geographically specific, enlist A-list talent, and make the damn thing themselves. Why does 'Humboldt County' sound familiar?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Austin Film: The SXSW CliffsNotes version

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

It's curtains for the Web crossover quarterlife

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Band's Visit

A lost band of Egyptian musicians from a police orchestra find refuge with some Israeli townspeople.

The Bank Job

When a gang of thieves break into some London safe-deposit boxes, they enter a world of police corruption, financial malfeasance, sexual degeneracy, political conspiracy, murder, torture, and upper-class salaciousness.

Black & White

This new Bollywood film takes on the subject of terrorism.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Frances McDormand's Miss Pettigrew is an unemployed nanny who bluffs her way into a job as the "social secretary" for the brain-dead, proto-fashionista, Yank-on-holiday starlet Delysia Lafosse, played by Amy Adams.

Steep

The glories of extreme skiing are proclaimed from international mountaintops.

SXSW 08 Film Festival

Enjoy the madness while it lasts.

War Dance

In this acclaimed documentary, Ugandan schoolchildren, victims of the brutal 20-year civil war, compete in a national dance contest.
arts & culture

Shape of Things to Come

What will the arts in Austin look like in 10 years? CreateAustin has a good idea – in fact, it has 10.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tapestry Dance Company:Getting those tap shoes re-'Soul'ed

The troupe's thrilling Souls of Our Feet program is back, with more reconstructions of classic rhythm tap routines

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Long Center for the Performing Arts: Opening the house before it opens

The long-awaited cultural facility throws wide its doors for four days of free performances and tours

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ColdTowne: Getting Upright with the originals

Core members from cult comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade raid Austin for the first time since 2000

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Speeding Motorcycle

In that tenuous space where heartbreaking loneliness meets relentless hope lives this beautiful, strange Daniel Johnston rock opera

Stones in His Pockets

With David Stahl and Michael Stuart playing everyone in County Kerry, this Irish comedy is a delight from beginning to end

Jade Walker: Merriment

This solo show explodes with shapes that have big personalities and enough color combinations to make your eyes reverberate
columns

Page Two: Love and Creation

An approach to the SXSW Film Festival

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

The rumors of Stephen's debilitating automobile accident have been greatly exaggerated, but train wreck? That's another story altogether.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Texas coastal fishing piers provide the means to walk on water

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The Ice Bats are making it work the way a sublimely half-assed Will Ferrell movie works

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The state (and world's toughest) dog of North Carolina is the Plott Hound, Indiana Jones' first name is Henry and more fun facts

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Can my bicycle be towed?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Austin Aztex U-23 tryouts, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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